Code Enforcement

Code Reminder -- Keep Our City Looking Good
Residents play an important part in maintaining our city's quality and appearance. The City has standards describing how property owners must maintain buildings and grounds and relies on concerned residents to maintain their property and notify the City if a neighborhood property is becoming a problem.

When a nuisance is found to exist, the Code Compliance Official will inspect the subject property and review the violation to determine what steps need be taken to assure compliance. This can range from a simple discussion or letter to extremely complicated cases with City Attorney involvement. The City always prefers to work with property owners to gain compliance, rather than issuing citations, performing abatements, or involving the court system. 

To report a nuisance or ordinance violation, contact Code Compliance at 763-400-7026 or

Notice under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act: The City of Corcoran may collect your personal information to help investigate the complaint and inform you of the results.  The data will be used by the person who is investigating the complaint on behalf of the City.  Your personal information will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed to the person about whom you are complaining.  You are not required to provide any personal information, but this may hinder or prevent the City from investigating your complaint and/or informing you of the results.

Abandoned homes may become a harbor-
age for rats which endangers the health
and safety of the public.

Abandoned and Junk Vehicles
In accordance with City code governing junk vehicles ,no person shall store outside or there shall be no collection of unused or unusable motor vehicle bodies, parts and engines and related accessories, with the exception of appropriately licensed pioneer, classic or collector vehicles. A junk vehicle is any vehicle three (3) years old or older that does not have valid, current registration and is extensively damaged and apparently inoperable. City Code Chapter 80 Title VIII:80-1.

Nuisances - Refuse, Litter and Weeds
Waste, debris and refuse must be kept in an enclosed building or a closed container. This includes wood waste, tree trimmings, shavings, furniture, appliances, machinery and abandoned vehicles which may become a harborage for rats, snakes or vermin or which may be conducive to fire, or which endangers the health, safety or welfare of the public. All property owners of the city are responsible for theremoval, cutting or disposal and elimination of noxious weeds and rank vegetation or uncontrolled plant growth on their property. Residents should look for Canada Thistle and Purple Loosestrife, both listed as prohibited noxious weeds by the MN Department of Agriculture. They must be cut before they reach a height of 12 inches. Canada Thistle and Purple Loosestrife can be controlled a variety of ways. Check the University of Minnesota Extension Service web site ( to learn more. City Code Chapter 82 Title VIII:82-1.

Home Occupation
Certain occupations are prohibited in residential zones, including manufacturing, retail, where the customer comes to the home, and repair businesses. Business that operate only by phone or mail are generally permitted. If you operate a business from your home, you may need a Home Occupation License. All home occupations must register with the City.

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